I am thankful that the Papal Office via CDF (Congregation for the Doctrine and the Faith) came out with this press release, from Pope Benedict XVI, condemning Sister Margaret Farley’s book, ‘Just Love.’
Thank you, Holy Father, for warning us. I appreciate it. I am tired of bad Catholics.
With this Notification, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith expresses profound regret that a member of an Institute of Consecrated Life, Sr. Margaret A. Farley, R.S.M., affirms positions that are in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexual morality. The Congregation warns the faithful that her book Just Love. A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics is not in conformity with the teaching of the Church. Consequently it cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching, either in counseling and formation, or in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. Furthermore the Congregation wishes to encourage theologians to pursue the task of studying and teaching moral theology in full concord with the principles of Catholic doctrine.
The Sovereign Pontiff Benedict XVI, in the Audience granted to the undersigned Cardinal Prefect on March 16, 2012, approved the present Notification, adopted in the Ordinary Session of this Congregation on March 14, 2012, and ordered its publication.
Rome, from the Offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, March 30, 2012.
William Cardinal LevadaPrefect
+ Luis F. Ladaria, S.I.
Titular Archbishop of ThibicaSecretary
It was a Catholic Pope who told Saint Jerome to compile the first Bible (364-382 AD). It took St Jerome nearly 20 years to do it. Imagine how rare ink and papyrus was. Imagine how many times he had to start over, or throw away a page. He must have had to go very slow to do this. He didn’t have papyrus or ink, to waste!
The Catholic Church was under serious oppression and martyrdom during the 1st three centuries. We were too busy being fodder for lions, tigers, bears, crosses, clubs and disembowlments to pen God’s Word. It was passed down via Word of Mouth along with the Traditions, Jesus taught to the first Apostles.
St Peter was our first Pope. “You are Peter, and upon This Rock, I will build MY CHURCH, and the Gates of HELL Will NOT Prevail – against it!” ~ Jesus said. Got a problem with that, take it up with Him! Your fight is with Him, more than with me.
Just Keep this thought in mind : the Devil only gets the possessed to have Black Masses, because even He knows that the Catholic Church is the True Church, Jesus founded. It is Christ’s Precious Body, in the Blessed Sacrament, that is stolen from Masses and desecrated, in their diabolical Satanic Black Masses. You don’t see Satan attacking the Protestant Services. He knows he was defeated by Christ’s Body and Blood.
Jesus is the WORD MADE FLESH in the Womb of Mary on March 25th. The Hail Mary Prayer IS BIBLICAL. He was born 9 months later.
Christ’s “Last Will and Testament” was to bequeath His Mother, to us. Looking at Mary and His disciple John, Christ said, as He was dying, “Woman, behold your son.” Looking at John “Behold your Mother.” From that hour on, the Disciple took her into his home.’
(Saint John is the only Apostle who stood under Christ’s Cross, on Good Friday. He was the only Apostle, who did not die a martyr’s death.)
A Protestant’s Un-belief in the Literal Interpretation of John 6, begs the next question: …
Why don’t Protestant’s believe Jesus’ Words, in St John’s Gospel Chapter 6:52-59?
(52) The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?”
(53) Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.
(54) Whoever eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
(55) For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
(56) Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.
(57) Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
(58) This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
(59) These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.”
Egg will be on your face – on your Particular Judgment Day, when you find out what the Catholic Church taught was all true. Do we sin? You bet! That’s why Christ instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Easter Night. (Paraphrased from Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 16). Jesus breathed on them the Holy Spirit. “Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them. Whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”
Got a problem with Confession? Take it up with Jesus! Your fight’s against Him, not me. You’re not faithful to Him, or His Words. In a very real sense, you’re Pig-Headed and filled with the sin of pride.
Do I get frustrated with my own sins or other people’s sins? Yes.
Just recall: Martin Luther was a lusty ex-Catholic, mediocre Augustinian Priest who married an ex-Nun, who was equally lusty.
Martin Luther cut out 7 Books out of the Old Testament and added the Word “Alone” in the Book of Romans, in his Gutenberg Bible, on the newly invented Printing Press. Martin Luther also cut out 7 Books out of the New Testament, but two years later, he put those 7 Books back into the New Testament.
Martin Luther disobeyed God – Who warned everyone of us: that we better not add or subtract from His Words, or God who mete out a fitting punishment for that sin! Read the last Chapter, in the Book of Revelations. It’s there!
Perhaps, Martin Luther had lousy Progressive, or worldly, College Professors. Obviously, he wasn’t as smart as he thought, he was!
Hypertextualized Text of the entire New American Bible.
Do I think my Jewish, Agnostic, Baptist, Jehovah Witnesses, Atheist or Catholic Relatives may be in Heaven? That’s God’s call. Not mine. Vatican II document on other faiths, talks about Faithful Departed that weren’t Catholic will make it, if they obeyed God’s interior call to holiness.
Do I love bad Catholics? Nope. But, I should. Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel chapter 5, says “If you love only those who love you, what merit is there, in that? Even the heathens do that. You must be perfect as Your Heavenly Father is Perfect.” ~ Jesus says to us.
Those are true and challenging Words to obey. But, obey I must! For they were spoken by Jesus who bids us to “Follow Me.”
Currently, I need to confess those sins, next time I’m, in the Confessional.
Saint Augustine says it best.
“Love the sinner. Hate the sin!”
I do not like much less love or forgive my enemies. SOoooo, I have to confess these sins and try to love and forgive them.
Does not mean I have to be their doormat? Nope!
It means I have to be nice, bless them, and walk away from their bs, cleverly disguised, under a mask of virtue.
Forgiving them, praying for them and thanking God for the cross they present me with, as a salvific opportunity to suffer their nonsense, for their salvation, just as Christ showed us How to Do, on Good Friday and by His Whole Life – full of Mysteries to be Applied to how we deal with life.
A sense of humor helps.
I could describe my Pig-Pen or theirs. But, why bother? It stinks!
After all is said and done; it’s just a stinky ole mud puddle; filled with excrement. Nothing glorious about that. Only the World tries to lie and sell us sinning is glorious, which is a dad-gum lie.
Hope you have a great Palm Sunday. Once challenged about my Catholic Faith, I’ll step up to the plate and hit it out of the ballpark, because, deep in these old bones – I still have a good eye, and love to play hardball, any ole day of the week; with Catholics or Protestants alike. If I’m right, I don’t back off.
Blame Saint Joan of Arc. She’s my Patron Saint. She was burned by bad clergy of the Church, but she was canonized a saint, in 1920, by Pope Benedict XV. It was Pope Callistus III who exonerated her 25 years, after her death. He lifted her excommunication. So, it matters not what ignorant Catholics have said or done to me, God knows both sides of these stories and who is right and who is wrong.
Pope Benedict XVI spoke about St. Joan of Arc and her courage… http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/joan-of-arcs-fearless-witness-invites-greater-love-for-christ-church-pope-says/
Well, I too, have ranted long enough. Mea culpa.
I don’t hate Protestants or Catholics, but when they’re wrong; they’re wrong. And, I don’t mind saying so.
Sometimes silence, is best. Jesus did not slate the curiosity of Pontius Pilate, when He was being Judged, falsely. He remained silent, when He thought it was best. He spoke up, when He thought it best. We have to ask Him to have the Graces to Know when to do either tactic.
So that’s my rant for the week.
“Breast Cancer: Its link to Abortion and the Birth Control Pill.”
Book by: Dr. Chris Kahlenborn
“One of the goals of this book is to make this complicated subject understandable. Too often, “experts” (the researchers behind the studies) not only tell us what a study means – they tell us what “they think” the implications of the study are. The readers are often left in the frustrating position of trusting the researchers’ opinions and are unable to critique the results for themselves. This subject is too important to leave the facts and their interpretation in the hands of a few experts, many of whom are subject to intense political and financial pressures. It is time for the people to decide for themselves whether or not today’s women are at significantly increased risk for breast cancer because of having an induced abortion at an early age and/or by taking oral contraceptives at a young age.”
“Almost every reader of this book has a mother, a sister, an aunt or a friend who has or had breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the U.S. in women ages 20-59. In the U.S. nearly 1 out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.”
The book, “Why He’s a Saint,” also includes previously unpublished speeches and documents written by John Paul, including one 1989 signed memo in which he said he would resign if he became incapacitated.
The book also reported for the first time that John Paul forgave his would-be assassin in the ambulance on the way to the hospital moments after he was shot on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter’s Square. And it reported that he initially thought his attacker was a member of the Red Brigades, an Italian terrorist organization.
The book was written by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the postulator, or main promoter, for John Paul’s canonization cause and was released Tuesday. It was based on the testimony of 114 witnesses and boxes of documentation, which Oder gathered on John Paul’s life to support the case.
At a news conference Tuesday, Oder defended John Paul’s practice of self-mortification, which some faithful use to remind them of Jesus’ suffering on the cross.
“It’s an instrument of Christian perfection,” Oder said, responding to questions about how such a practice could be condoned, considering that Catholic teaching holds that the human body is a gift from God.
In the book, Oder wrote that John Paul frequently denied himself food — especially during the holy season of Lent — and “frequently spent the night on the bare floor,” messing up his bed in the morning so he wouldn’t draw attention to his act of penitence.
“But it wasn’t limited to this,” the book continues. “As some members of his close entourage in Poland and in the Vatican were able to hear with their own ears, John Paul flagellated himself. In his armoire, amid all the vestments and hanging on a hanger, was a belt which he used as a whip and which he always brought to Castel Gandolfo,” the papal retreat where John Paul vacationed each summer.
While there had long been rumors that John Paul practiced self-mortification, the book provides the first confirmation and concludes he did so as an example of his faith.
Pope Benedict XVI put John Paul on the fast track for possible sainthood weeks after his April 2, 2005, death by waiving the customary five-year waiting period before the process can begin. Last month, Benedict moved John Paul a step closer to possible beatification — the first major milestone in the process — by approving a decree on his “heroic virtues.”
The Vatican must now confirm that a miracle attributed to John Paul’s intercession occurred in order for him to be beatified — a step that many Vatican watchers have suggested may come as early as October.
Oder declined to speculate on any possible date, saying the miracle must still be confirmed.
The book publishes for the first time a never-delivered speech John Paul prepared for his weekly general audience Oct. 21, 1981, five months after a Turkish gunman, Ali Agca, shot him in St. Peter’s Square.
Agca served a 19-year sentence in an Italian prison for shooting the pope. Earlier this month, he was released from a Turkish jail where he served a 10-year sentence for killing a Turkish journalist in 1979.
John Paul had publicly forgiven Agca on May 17, 1981 — four days after the assassination attempt. And he visited Agca in prison in 1983.
Five months after the attack, John Paul prepared a lengthy treatise on the power of forgiveness and the need for it in society, using his own experience as an example.
“The act of forgiveness is the first and fundamental condition so that we aren’t divided and placed one against another like enemies,” he wrote in what Oder called “an open letter” to Agca.
In the speech, he revealed that he while he had publicly forgiven Agca on May 17, “the possibility of pronouncing it before — in the ambulance that brought me from the Vatican to the Gemelli hospital where the first and decisive surgery was performed — I consider the fruit of a particular grace given to me by Jesus.”
Oder speculates that John Paul decided against delivering the speech “out of prudence” for the ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting.
The book also reports for the first time that John Paul initially thought that the shooter had been a member of the Red Brigades, the radical leftist group that terrorized Italy in the 1970s and ’80s. Some time before the shooting, the Italian secret service had reported to the Vatican a plot by the Red Brigades to kidnap the pope, the book said.
John Paul was apparently thinking of this when he told his secretary in the ambulance going to the hospital, “Just like Bachelet,” an apparent reference to the assassination by the Red Brigades of the Catholic judge Vittorio Bachelet one year earlier, the book said.
The book also reports that John Paul first considered the possibility of resigning when he turned 75, the normal retirement age for bishops, going so far as to convene a group of close collaborators for an informal discussion on the topic.
He tasked then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Vatican’s orthodoxy office and the future Pope Benedict XVI, to study the theological and historic issues implied in having an “emeritus pope.”
In the end, John Paul left the question up to “Providence” and never resigned. But he did outline on two separate occasions the criteria for which he would do so.
In 1994 he wrote what appeared to be a speech to be delivered to cardinals in which he said he intended to resign “in the case of an illness determined to be incurable and which impedes the [sufficient] exercise of the function of the petrine ministry.”
In a memo signed and dated five years earlier, on Feb. 15, 1989, he similarly wrote that if he was unable to sufficiently do his job because of an incurable illness, he would “renounce my sacred and canonical office” and leave it up to the top cardinals to carry out his wishes.
John Paul suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years before he eventually died of septic shock and cardio-circulatory collapse, preceded by heart and kidney failure brought on by a urinary tract infection.
Prior to his death, John Paul had been in and out of the hospital for two months and, by the end, had lost the ability to speak.
The book goes on sale in Italy on Wednesday. The publisher, Rizzoli, said there were no immediate plans for translations.